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Forgiveness and Remembrance: Remembering Wrongdoing in Personal and Public Life

ISBN : 9780199329403

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¥5,379
Author: 
Jeffrey M. Blustein
Pages
352 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
157 x 235 mm
Pub date
Jun 2014
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Forgiveness and Remembrance examines the complex moral psychology of forgiving, remembering, and forgetting in personal and political contexts. It challenges a number of entrenched ideas that pervade standard philosophical approaches to interpersonal forgiveness and offers an original account of its moral psychology and the emotions involved in it. The volume also uses this account to illuminate the relationship of forgiveness to political reconciliation and restorative political practices in post-conflict societies. Memory is another central concern that flows from this, since forgiveness is tied to memory and to emotions associated with the memory of injury and injustice. In its political function, memory of wrongdoing - and of its victims - is embodied in processes of memorialization, such as the creation of monuments, commemorative ceremonies, and museums. The book casts light on the underexplored relationship of memorialization to transitional justice and politically consequential interpersonal forgiveness. It examines the symbolism and the symbolic moral significance of memorialization as a political practice, reflects on its relationship to forgiveness, and, finally, argues that there are moral responsibilities associated with memorialization that belong to international actors as well as to states.

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
INTRODUCTION
PART ONE: FORGIVENESS AND MEMORY IN PERSONAL LIFE
CHAPTER 1: THE MORAL PSYCHOLOGY OF INTERPERSONAL FORGIVENESS
CHAPTER 2: FORGIVENESS AND MEMORY FOR WRONGDOING
CHAPTER 3: FORGETTING AND FORGIVING REVISITED
PART TWO: FORGIVENESS AND MEMORY IN PUBLIC LIFE
CHAPTER 4: FORGIVENESS, COMMEMORATION, AND RESTORATIVE JUSTICE
CHAPTER 5: COMMEMORATION AND THE MORAL VALUES OF REMEMBRANCE
CHAPTER 6: THE NATURE AND VALUE OF MEMORIALIZATION AS SYMBOLIC ACTIVITY
CHAPTER 7: HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE INTERNATIONALIZATION OF MEMORY
INDEX

About the author: 

Jeffrey Blustein is Arthur Zitrin Professor of Bioethics at City College and Professor of Philosophy at City College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He publishes in the areas of memory studies, bioethics, the ethics of parents and children, and moral psychology.

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